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NDECC Situational Judgement and ADC OSCE: Role Play Scenarios In Communication:

Updated: Jul 10, 2023



NDECC situational judgement exam and the ADC OSCE exam ( Australian Dental Council) are components of the respective assessment processes for internationally trained dentists who want to pursue dental practice in Canada or Australia, respectively. These exams help determine the readiness and suitability of dentists for practicing in these countries.



As a dental practitioner, who want to practice in Canada or Australia , role play scenarios can be helpful in preparing you for effective dentist-patient communication tasks in your NDEB equivalency or ADC qualifying exams. Here are a few examples of role play scenarios you can practice:



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Interactive situations where individuals simulate different dental-related scenarios.

Dental role play scenarios are interactive situations where individuals simulate different dental-related scenarios. They can be used for training dental professionals or for educational purposes. Here are a few examples of dental role play scenarios:




1. Patient Examination: One person acts as a dental professional, while another portrays a patient. The dental professional performs a comprehensive dental examination, checking the patient’s teeth, gums, and oral health. They discuss findings, offer treatment recommendations, and answer the patient’s questions.




2. Dental Hygiene Education: In this scenario, a dental professional plays the role of an educator, teaching proper brushing and flossing techniques to a patient. They explain the importance of oral hygiene, demonstrate correct methods, and provide guidance on maintaining good oral health.




3. Dental Emergency: Participants act out a dental emergency situation, such as a toothache or a broken tooth. The dental professional assesses the situation, provides immediate care instructions, and discusses further treatment options. This scenario helps practice quick thinking and appropriate responses in urgent dental situations.








4. Treatment Consent: One person assumes the role of a dental professional, explaining a specific dental procedure to another person acting as a patient. The dental professional discusses the benefits, risks, and alternatives of the treatment, ensuring the patient understands and gives informed consent.




These are just a few examples, but dental role play scenarios can cover a wide range of dental procedures, patient interactions, and practice management situations. They aim to improve communication, clinical skills, and patient - centred care within a simulated environment.






Let's now go into details:



1. Explaining a dental procedure: Pretend you are a dentist discussing a specific treatment plan with a patient, explaining the procedure, its purpose, and addressing any concerns they may have.


Here's an example:


Dentist: “Hello, Mr. Johnson. Today, I would like to discuss the dental procedure we recommend for you. It’s called a root canal treatment. The purpose of this procedure is to save your tooth from further damage and alleviate any pain you’ve been experiencing. We’ll remove the infected pulp and seal the tooth to prevent any reinfection. Do you have any questions or concerns about this procedure?”




2. Addressing dental anxiety: Play the role of a patient who experiences dental anxiety, while your peer takes on the role of a compassionate dentist. Practice techniques such as active listening, empathy, and providing reassurance to help alleviate anxiety.


Here's an example:


Patient: “I’m really anxious about this dental visit. I’ve had bad experiences in the past.”

Dentist: “I understand, Mr. Smith. Dental anxiety is quite common, and we’re here to help you feel comfortable. We can start with a simple check-up today to help you become familiar with our environment. I’ll explain everything step by step, and we can take breaks if needed. How does that sound to you?”








3. Delivering oral hygiene instructions: Act as the dentist providing oral hygiene instructions to a patient, discussing proper brushing and flossing techniques, and emphasizing the importance of maintaining good oral health.


Here's an example:


Dentist: “Good morning, Mrs. Rodriguez. I wanted to go over your oral hygiene routine today. It’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Remember to brush for two minutes, covering all surfaces of your teeth. Additionally, flossing once a day is crucial for removing plaque between your teeth. Let’s practice the proper technique together.”




4. Handling difficult conversations: Simulate a scenario where a patient is resistant to a recommended treatment plan or has financial constraints. Practice effectively communicating the benefits of the treatment, exploring alternative options, or discussing potential payment arrangements.



Here's an example:


Patient: “I’m not sure I can afford this treatment. Do I have any other options?”

Dentist: “I understand your concern, Mr. Thompson. Let’s explore alternative treatment options that may be more suitable for your budget. We can discuss phased treatment, focusing on the most critical issues first. Additionally, I can provide you with information on dental insurance or financing options to make the treatment more affordable for you.”



5. Breaking bad news: Act out a situation where you need to deliver unfavorable news to a patient, such as diagnosing a serious oral health issue. Practice using empathy, sensitivity, and clear communication to help the patient understand the situation and discuss possible treatment options.


Here's an example:


Dentist: “Mrs. Davis, I have reviewed your X-rays, and unfortunately, it appears that you have advanced gum disease. It’s important we address this issue promptly to prevent further damage. I understand this may be overwhelming, but we have treatment options available. I will explain each option in detail, and together, we will work towards improving your oral health.”




Remember to vary the scenarios based on different patient backgrounds, ages, and levels of dental knowledge. This will help you develop your communication skills and build confidence in various dentist-patient interactions.




Remember, these scenarios are just examples, and it’s important to adapt them to different patient situations and communication styles. Practice these role play scenarios with your peers or instructors to enhance your dentist-patient communication skills. More can be found at Harvard School Of Dental Medicine.

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